Watch Dogs: Legion producer boasts 30fps with 4k and Ray-tracing on next-gen consoles. Weird flex but okay

Luke Hardwick

3 years, 4 months ago

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Watch Dogs: Legions producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan recently hosted a Reddit AMA where, as customary, users were provided an opportunity ask all manner of questions relating to the upcoming title. Being that Watch dogs is releasing on both current and next-gen consoles, it's no surprise that there would be an interest in what sort of perks are in store for those that will be playing on either Xbox Series X or PS5.

Short, concise, and to the point - every producer's dream. However, The answer this particular user received is causing some folks to scratch their heads in confusion. Judging from the context of the question, it's probably safe to assume that it was intended to be viewed as a benefit, but for myself and others, it's actually a bit of a let down.

Ray-tracing? Neato - I've been hearing a lot about how that will be a big thing this coming generation. 4K? That's cool - maybe someday I'll actually get a TV that features it. But only 30fps? That doesn't sound very "next-gen" to me. I even allowed myself to think "well maybe I'm just too much of a PC guy to see the value in this proposition", but judging from other replies to Mr. Thillainathan's assertion, I'm apparently not alone in feeling underwhelmed.

While there is some disagreement as to what expectations can reasonably be had for a console, it would appear as though most can agree that they would prefer to sacrifice the 4k and Ray-tracing altogether if it means getting a consistent, buttery-smooth 60fps. At the very least, an option to toggle between the flashy settings and a more conservative performance mode seems like a fair compromise.

Although the thread is filled with questions asking for it, no additional clarity was provided on the subject, which is unfortunate because it could make the difference in whether or not someone purchases Watch Dogs: Legion for consoles - if at all.

I've reached out to Ubisoft for clarification and will update this article if I receive a response.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Release Date
Oct. 28, 2020
Ubisoft Toronto
Ubisoft Entertainment